Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Pillows & Progress
Scraps are becoming almost an obsession with me ever since I participated in the Scrappy Stash QAL through Ellison Lane Quilts. I'm coming to love the look of a scrappy project and the personality that comes from having so many different fabrics involved in its creation. Yesterday's pouch was a gift, but I saved a set of two-inch squares to use for a little pillow of my own.
Two of the squares are actually half square triangle blocks made out of leftover tidbits from the potholder I made at the end of last month. I couldn't bear to throw them away, so I decided to try to do something with them. When I started working on this pillow, I figured that it would make a good home for them too.
The back is a Cool Britannia print that I picked up on sale at the Fat Quarter Shop during their Black Friday sale. I love map prints of any kind.
This little guy turned out to be about fifteen inches square. The grey linen border is quilted in echoing lines, each a half inch apart. I wanted to keep it simple so that the focus would be on the patchwork. It looks very much at home on our loveseat with the other pillow I made last month. I love seeing our collection grow...every pillow needs a buddy, right?
I spent the afternoon working on a quilt that I'm making for my two little nieces. I let my sister pick her favorite collection from my stash for this one, and she went for my fat quarters of Tula Pink's Prince Charming. I just adore the color spectrum in these prints. I've been desperately wanting to try my hand at Anna Maria Horner's feather pattern, so I decided to use it as a guide to make a larger version for this playtime quilt. It took a bit of testing here and there, but I think I'm going to be able to make this work. You can see my pieces in progress here on the family room floor. I'm hoping to have this finished in another day or two. Mostly I was excited that there was one feather left over which I plan to make into a table runner...
There are several more projects on the list, but they'll keep for now. Hope you're all having a productive week!
Linking up to Made by Me & WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.